Herbs are amazing things: they are in a way Mother Nature’s version of the things in our pharmacies, medicines and treatments galore for just about every natural problem we get to our health. Even now, we are still only discovering most of the herbs that nature has to offer, and more herbal treatments are being found as time and research goes on. Besides our undying love for healthy fermented food like kefir and the others like Kombucha, good herbs are our next best choices.
If you can’t wait any longer, here are some that we already know about, and which just might be of use to you in the future.
1. The Sunshine Herb – Also known as St. John’s Wort, this supercool herb has been shown by researchers to be an effective replacement for Prozac and other antidepressants. It contains hypericin, something that boosts serotonin, the hormone that makes us feel happy. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should feel free to just down handfuls of the stuff: there are the typical cautions, like not using it in conjunction with other antidepressants or if you’re pregnant. Basically, you should ask a doctor first before taking herbal medications.
2. Ginseng – Considered an aphrodisiac by the Chinese, ginseng is actually a proven remedy for fatigue and stress. It can be good for you if you are constantly overtired or overanxious. There should be more information over at CushFood.
3. Ginkgo Biloba – When put together with ginseng, this herb can create an interesting effect that boosts the user’s memory, according to the University of Northumbria. Besides that, though, ginkgo biloba is also a good antioxidant herb, which makes it excellent for fighting free radicals and the signs of aging. It also has benefits on the circulatory system.
4. Kratom – Kratom or mitragyna speciosa is an efficacious analgesic when taken straight or as an infusion. The plant affects the same receptors in the nervous system that morphine does, which explains why it is so good at dulling even moderate pains in the body.
5. Cayenne – Love spicy food? That’s good, because cayenne is not just an antioxidant but also good for your metabolism. Furthermore, it’s very good at dealing with congestion, as it shrinks the blood vessels around the nasal and oral areas, providing relief when you have a cold.